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Welcome to the Waste Watchers Website!

OUR MISSION: to provide quality waste alternatives public education and services to our community in Alachua County, Florida.

  • Stories, games, tours, and experiences for Alachua County students
  • Waste and recycling surveys for businesses
  • Compost bins and community education
  • Invite our staff to your schools, businesses or community groups for presentations uniquely suited to your needs!


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We're the Waste Watcher's team. We help students, residents and business people of Alachua County, Florida understand the need to reTHINK, reduce, reuse and recycle. The Waste Watchers public education campaign began in 1989, and now reaches thousands of people through mass media, FREE school, community and commercial presentations, and personal services such as providing compost bins.

The values that the Office of Waste Alternatives focuses on are:

  • creative learning
  • educational support
  • environmental preservation
  • community partnerships
  • public information
    For a program or service, call (352) 374-5213.

Physical/Mailing Address
5620 N.W. 120th Lane
Gainesville, FL 32653

Sally Palmi
Solid Waste Director

Assistant Public Works Director
(352) 374-5213

TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS - a reusable resource center
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